22 Feb '12, 11am

#Cameron-#Sarkozy pact can't put the wheels back on the #nuclear gravy train

#Cameron-#Sarkozy pact can't put the wheels back on the #nuclear gravy train

If you took the forced bonhomie of last week’s pact between David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy on civil nuclear power at face value, you'd think that we were heading for a nuclear renaissance. But this won’t be enough to put the wheels back on the nuclear gravy train. The story starts across the water in France - but long before Cameron and Sarkozy dreamt up their photo opportunity. France gets 75% of its electricity from nuclear , and the current French government sees its state-owned nuclear industry as a golden goose. Electricite de France (EDF) and reactor manufacturer Areva toured the globe, trying to sell an expensive new reactor, the European pressurised reactor, or EPR . The Finns bought one EPR and the Chinese bought a pair of them. EDF began building one at Flamanville across the Channel in Normandy. EDF set its eyes on Britain, buying our existing reactors and em...

Full article: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/nuclear/cameron-sarkosy...

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